Human Impact

How do you impact cougars?

Not all types of cougars are endangered, and most are listed as species of "least concern." Howerver, there are some endangered subspecies of cougars, like the Florida panther, as they face widespread habitat destruction and are sometimes hunted by humans. The subspecies of Eastern cougar was dclared officially extinct in 2011. There are laws against the international trade of cougars and their parts as they are protected under Appendix 1 of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. Cougar hunting is prohibited by law in most of South America, but cougars are considered game animals in parts of the United States and can be hunted with a license. Humans sometimes hunt cougars for sport and kill those that threaten livestock. There are some cougars in zoos, but they are not as commonly showcased as tigers or lions or other more "exotic" cats.